The Parent Project

Looking for answers? Our panel is here to help!

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Cristal and Catherine serve up some parenting tips…ways to approach important topics…resource lists…and suggestions for family growth and fun in the CRV…join in!

Times are always tough for our younger set…but today’s world can be particularly stressful, especially after the prolonged pandemic. Each episode covers trends parents need to know about…digs deep into the hot topics…and always serves up resources for help!


Cristal DePietro

When not acting on the stage, Cristal is motivating and supporting area youth in various capacities, as a leader at youth and family service centers, a volunteer, board member, and mother!

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Catherine Barden

Catherine Barden has been involved in advocacy, community mobilization, youth leadership, and substance abuse prevention at the local, state, and national level since 1997 when she joined the board of the Haddam-Killingworth Community Youth Coalition. She served on that coalition through graduation from Haddam-Killingworth High School in 2001.  She also became involved in the Connecticut Coalition to Stop Underage Drinking (CCSUD) in November 1999 and served as the Youth Chairman from September 2001 until November 2004.  After graduation from Central CT State University she began working at the Governor's Prevention Partnership where she served as a technical assistance liaison to community coalitions across the state, coordinated compliance check operations, and served as the state coordinator for Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). Catherine now serves as the Coalition Coordinator for MADE in Madison where she implements the five key steps of the Strategic Prevention Framework, manages grant activities, and provides services for the youth and adult volunteer members and leadership of the coalition.

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